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The Venus of Willendorf, also known as the Woman of Willendorf, is 11 cm high statuette of a female figure estimated to have been made between 22,000 B.C.E. and 21,000 B.C.E.. It was discovered in 1908 by archaeologist Josef Szombathy at a paleolithic site near Willendorf, a village in Lower Austria near the city of Krems.[1] It is carved from an oolitic limestone that is not local to the area, and tinted with red ochre.

Since this figure's discovery and naming, several similar statuettes and other forms of art have been discovered. They are collectively referred to as Venus figurines, although they pre-date the mythological figure of Venus by millennia.

As of 1990, following a revised analysis of the stratigraphy of its site, it has been estimated to have been carved 24,000–22,000 B.C.E. Very little is known about its origin, of creation, or cultural significance.

The Venus of Willendorf was recovered in a site that contained a few amulets of Moldavite. method

The apparent large size of the breasts and abdomen, and the detail put into the vulva, have led scholars to interpret the figure as a fertility symbol. The figure has no visible face, her head being covered with circular horizontal bands of what might be rows of plaited hair, or a type of headdress.

The nickname, urging a comparison to the classical image of "Venus," causes resistance in some modern analyses. According to Christopher Witcombe, "the ironic identification of these figurines as 'Venus' pleasantly satisfied certain assumptions at the time about the primitive, about women, and about taste".

The purpose of the carving is subject to much speculation. The statue was not created with feet and does not stand on its own.
Venus of Willendorf

Catherine McCoid and LeRoy McDermott hypothesize that the figurines may have been created as self-portraits.

Stephen R. Berlant has suggested a possible connection with a mushroom cult, based on visual similarities between the figurine and typical young Amanita muscaria mushrooms, a natural psychotrope.

"Venus of Willendorf" is part of the collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna.

1) Venus of Willendorf 24,000–22,000 B.C.E ?

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